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Kim Humphreys - Guitars Get Wetdotdotdot
artworkThis is Kim Humphreys' second instro CD. Despite the title, there's not much surf here. Many of the tracks have a distinctly 80's corporate sound. Kim's talent as a player are not in dispute. He is quite good. There's a wide span of styles too, and if you can get past the corporate sound, it's a good CD.
Picks: Barefoot In Baghdad, Malpaso, Ginger Meggs, Ravenswood, West Of Eastwood, Blue Twang Lizard, 6194 Blues, Foxground, Guitars Get Wet, Lonerider, Green Eyes and Dangerous, Roger The Engineer, The Dakota, Lock and Key

Track by Track Review

Barefoot In Baghdad dotdotdot
Corporate Surf (Instrumental)

Big guitar surf with bizarre corporate guitar hero noodleage. I should hate this, but I find it strangely attractive. I must be low on sodium!

Malpaso dotdot
Corporate (Instrumental)

A nice melody lost in the corporate sound.

Ginger Meggs dotdotdot
Country (Instrumental)

Country instro rock, pretty. If you like the Falcons, you'll dig this.

Ravenswood dotdotdot
Spanish Southwest (Instrumental)

Very slow moody instro, sorta Southwest Spanish. No surf, but a nice tune.

West Of Eastwood dotdotdot
Disco Duane Eddy (Instrumental)

Disco Duane (Eddy). It's infectious, but I don't like the arrangement much.

Blue Twang Lizard dotdotdotdot
Twang (Instrumental)

Very cool twang monster. A country surf jewel.

6194 Blues dotdotdot
Blues (Instrumental)

Guitar solo blues number. VERY cool, though no surf at all.

Foxground dot
Corporate Drum Machine (Instrumental)

I hate the drum machine and corporate sound... sorry!

Guitars Get Wet dot
Corporate (Instrumental)

The expected surf sound does not materialize in this corporate squeal.

Lonerider dotdotdot
Blues Shimmer (Instrumental)

Slow painful Blues melody shimmer. Very pretty!!!

Green Eyes and Dangerous dotdotdot
Cowboy Plunk (Instrumental)

Cowboy plunk. Fun, almost Rockabilly... just too soft.

Roger The Engineer dotdotdot
Blues (Instrumental)

In a nod to the "Roger" period Yardbirds (maybe), it's a blues boogie a la Jeff Beck.

The Dakota dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

A tip of the hat top the Dakotas' "Cruel Sea" characterizes the into chords, but beyond that, it's melodic and fun and new.

Lock and Key dotdot
Slide Blues (Vocal)

Slide guitar blues vocal.